Archive: January 31, 2010 - February 6, 2010

Obama and the deficit: lessons from history

President Obama has recently sent strong political signals that he hopes to reduce the deficit while still maintaining support for a weak economy. Success will require a deft tightrope walk. In "The Age of Deficits: Presidents and Unbalanced Budgets from Jimmy Carter to George W. Bush," recently published by University...

By Steven E. Levingston | February 5, 2010; 5:30 AM ET | Comments (0)

The best political fiction and nonfiction of all time

Our colleague, Chris Cillizza of The Fix, asked readers to recommend their favorite political fiction and nonfiction books. Here's the list, so far. To see how the list came together, go to The Fix FICTION "Jack Gance" by Ward Just "The Wanting of Levine" by Michael Halberstam "The People's Choice"...

By Steven E. Levingston | February 4, 2010; 10:41 AM ET | Comments (0)

Antidepressants no more effective than placebos, leading researcher claims in new book

By Steven Levingston Antidepressants are little more than placebos, argues a new book on sale this week, adding to a long-brewing controversy over the drugs' effectiveness and raising questions about how America treats patients suffering from mental illness. Irving Kirsch, a psychologist who has researched placebos and antidepressants for more...

By Steven E. Levingston | February 4, 2010; 5:30 AM ET | Comments (2)

Poet's Choice: "Money Talks" by Rae Armantrout

I wrote "Money Talks" in the fall of 2008 when we were hearing that the banks that had grown "too big to fail" were about to fail unless our representatives voted to give them huge subsidies. The poem really got started when I was thumbing through Vogue magazine and saw...

By Ron Charles | February 2, 2010; 9:00 PM ET | Comments (1)

Worse than identity theft? Legal use by government and industry of our private data

We all know identity thieves are out there -- ready to grab our personal information for their own criminal purposes. But is that our worst nightmare in the battle to keep our private selves private? James B. Rule sees a far scarier scenario: the legal use of our private data...

By Steven E. Levingston | February 2, 2010; 5:30 AM ET | Comments (0)

Amazon allows Macmillan to raise e-book prices

Amazon says it will give in to publishing giant Macmillan and agree to sell electronic versions of its books even at prices it considers too high. New copies of Hilary Mantel's "Wolf Hall," Andrew Young's "The Politician" and other books published by Macmillan were unavailable Saturday on Amazon.com, after the...

By Steven E. Levingston | February 1, 2010; 3:08 PM ET | Comments (0)

Sarah Palin uses PAC funds to buy thousands of copies of her memoir "Going Rogue"

Sarah Palin has spend more than $63,000 from her political action committee to buy thousands of copies of her book, "Going Rogue," ABC News reports. The copies were mailed to her donors, ABC said, citing newly filed campaign records....

By Steven E. Levingston | February 1, 2010; 2:44 PM ET | Comments (1)

Revolution in the air? Not quite so fast

By Steven Levingston If revolution is coming, it's on slow burn. Bruce Judson, a senior faculty fellow at the Yale School of Management, has raised the warning in his book, "It Could Happen Here: America on the Brink." He argues that the threat of a violent political revolution is "real...

By Steven E. Levingston | February 1, 2010; 5:30 AM ET | Comments (0)

 

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